Monthly Archives: May 2020
The top title, Becoming a Man by P. Carl is an anecdotal account of a transgender man, physically and legally transitioning at the age of fifty. While it is satisfying that he is able to finally be perceived as the person he is on the inside, it is somewhat tragic that he had to wait so long – that he had to live so much of his life portraying a persona that he was expected to be. Along this topic, I have also recently read Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie, in our YA section (YA B BERTIE). Alex chronicles his journey to gender transition as a teenager in the UK. Not only does he expose the limitations of the British medical care system for gender transitions, but there is also a section of the book that is written by his mother – and the mental transition she has to navigate to support her child in this difficult undertaking.
Except for Becoming a Man, it is obvious that I am in a crime/true crime phase. After finishing Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, I pulled his first book, Lost Girls. I had heard of the story behind this book (unlike Hidden Valley Road, which was fresh news for me), but even so, Kolker manages to give life, a biography, to each of these unfortunate young women buried on the beach in Long Island. They are intertwined in life as they became in death. I find Robert Kolker to be as compelling with this account as he was with the Gavin family members in Hidden Valley Road. He is an unusually thorough and dedicated true crime writer.
Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson is another true crime account of the Vancouver student missing after checking into the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles – a place with a 90-year history of tragedy and scandal. This is a disturbing narrative penned by a journalist trying to uncover the facts behind Elisa Lam’s death which eventually became a macabre internet meme. The book becomes laborious with the intermingling of fact, conspiracy theory, mental illness (on part of the subject and the author), and plain old paranormal speculation. Anderson kept moving off on tangents and had a difficult time interconnecting different supposition with his initial hypothesis, in other words, he was all over the place, but the grim story held my interest enough to finish the book.
The Man From The Train: the Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery, I have not started yet – it is next on my to-read list. It is also a true crime story (naturally) about baseball writer and statistician Bill James as he uses his unique skillset to solve a series of murders (of entire families!) that occurred in the Midwest between 1898 to 1912. I cannot wait to get into it.
My guilty pleasure has been the 25 years of the In Death series by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts); she produces, on average, two of these a year. They have a strong lead character, a female detective in the NYPD. The stories occur in a somewhat post-dystopian universe, set in the late 2050’s to the early 2060’s. The characters have evolved, in their world, over the course of five years, along with real world forensic technology. Robb has done a great job at progressing the tech to make it feel as if you are in a future world. And, of course, there is a tiny bit of spicy romance. Echoes in Death is the 55th in the series of 61 in death books, including 11 anthologies. There are two more to be released, one in the fall and one next year. I read them sporadically – they are fairly good who-done-it mysteries.
Library2Go will be unavailable on Monday, May 25, as all Branches of the Williamson County Public Library System will be closed.
Please join us in observing the Williamson County Memorial Day Service at 10 am online due to the Pandemic.
“Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 17 and The Tennessee Pledge, the annual Memorial Day Service will not be held as a live event at the county’s Veterans’ Park for 2020. Instead the Memorial Day Service will be produced for broadcast by the county’s WC-TV personnel.”
For more information: http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/calendar.aspx?eid=5285
Library2Go services will resume on Tuesday, May 26, at all Branches.